An evening of fun and fundraising to help Wyoming youth raised more than a half a million dollars Saturday night in Casper.

The Boys & Girls Clubs of Central Wyoming celebrated "Yesterday, Today, and Tomorrow" at the Annual Reverse Raffle and Auction at the Casper Events center, a chance for the community to gather with friends and bid on hundreds of silent and live auction items, and get a chance to win a bright red Shelby GT500.

Officials with the Boys and Girls Clubs, which is entering it's 50th year, said a preliminary total for the event is $586,000.

Pledges made during the Impact Auction supported the expansion of the Susie McMurry Technology Center at the Main Club, and every $250.00 pledge was a chance to win the mint condition 2008 Shelby GT500 donated by Yellowstone Garage Bar, Grill, and Venue and The Old Town Pump owner John Huff.  The Martin Family Foundation came up the winner, chosen randomly through a computer generated program.

“This is our 50th year of serving kids in Central Wyoming and what a way to start the celebration! We are ever grateful for the outpouring of support from our community,” said Ashley Bright, the CEO of the Boys and Girls Clubs of Central Wyoming. “This gives us tremendous momentum as we look toward the next half century and helping even more children realize their own potential.”

The money raised will support operations of the 10 BGCCW sites in three counties, serving some 10,000 youth every year through memberships and outreach.